The WODE (Wii Optical Drive Emulator) has arrived!

wode_installed_on_wiiTo get around both the problem posed by the D3-2 drive and to avoid swapping discs I’ve picked up one of the first of the new WODE devices.

The Wode replaces the stand on the bottom of the Wii and connects between the DVD drive and the Motherboard allowing a USB hard disk to be attached.

Features include

– Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices @8X read speed (HDD and FLASH drive)
– Complete Solder free install solution
– Easy to use GUI – LCD & Joystick – NO homebrew software required (no any update of console SO can block this device)
– Region hack, Update blocker, Autoboot.
– Passthrough with FLAT-MOD mode built-in, play your DVD-R Wii & GC backups and Imports @3X read speed
– Powerful ARM9 MCU
– Totally Flexible Linux Kernel
– USB hub support for multiple USB devices connection
– Great File System support – use existing WBFS formatted media or ‘drag and drop’ ISOs to existing USB devices
* NTFS
* WBFS
* EXT3FS
* HPFS
  • Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices @8X read speed (HDD and FLASH drive)
  • Complete Solder free install solution
  • Easy to use GUI – LCD & Joystick – NO homebrew software required (no any update of console SO can block this device)
  • Region hack (except with 4.2 firmware), Update blocker, Autoboot.
  • Passthrough with FLAT-MOD mode built-in, play your DVD-R Wii & GC backups and Imports @3X read speed
  • Powerful ARM9 MCU
  • Totally Flexible Linux Kernel
  • USB hub support for multiple USB devices connection
  • Great File System support – use existing WBFS formatted media or ‘drag and drop’ ISOs to existing USB devices
    • NTFS
    • WBFS
    • EXT3FS
    • HPFS

More info to follow once I install it.

The supplier was OzModChips.

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4 Comments

  1. Der…… Thats how it is supposed to work.

    Read above.. Says:

    •Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices @8X read speed (HDD and FLASH drive)

  2. A DVD-Rom drive is NOT a Mass Storage device. It IS however a removable media device.

    Which defeats the point as this thing is making it so you don’t need to use the default Wii DVD-Rom drive.

    A DVD-Rom (i.e the disc itself) usually can only be read to once, unlike a Mass Storage device like a typical HDD that which has constant read and write access.

    Also the disc needs to be burned to WBSF in the case of a Wii Game for the console to actually recognize it as a legitimate Wii game, since this the Wode is merely tricking the console that a USB HDD or Flash is it’s native disc drive.

    It’s because of the WODE the system does not need homebrew and will outright recognize games installed on a device on the Disc Channel.

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